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 Sword presented to Henry B. Douglass









A presentation sword belonging to Henry B. Douglass sold in a Firearms and Early Militaria Auction on 7th December 2006, and realised $1,840.

Description: Model 1850 foot officer's sword by Horstmann and Sons, Philadelphia. Finely cast U.S. basket guard, shagreen grip with brass wire wrap. Blade finely acid etched with martial motifs, and U.S., marked Iron Proof. Scabbard originally painted black, now with much plum-coloured steel visible. All brass fittings, the top hanger is inscribed Henry B. Douglas Co. I  84th Regt. N.G.S.N.Y.

Condition: Blade and etchings quite strong, though not "frosty." Scabbard as described above, with no defects.

The 84th New York Guards were organized early in the war, and like many units served two iterations of 30 and 100 days each, before it became apparent that the rebellion would last more than a few months. We can find no record that Douglass served again for New York.



Henry Douglasss' sword  
Hilt Hilt Inscription  


1.  From New York State Military Museum: 1871 Report to the Adjutant General of New York; Henry B Douglas; Company I (letter, not number); 2Lt Sept. 29,1871; residence 694 Broadway, New York city

2.  Contributed: This sword must have belonged to Henry B Douglass who served in the 84th NY, Co. I, during the civil war for 100 days in 1864. He remained active in the national guard and he likely received the sword when promoted to second lieutenant in 1871. Henry had a brother, James, who served for three years and saw action at Gettysburg and was with General Sherman on his march to the sea. Henry, James and their other brothers were in the painting business in NYC for over 50 years. Henry died at a veteran's home in upstate New York in 1917. His papers list his next of kin as his nephew William Douglass of Elmhurst, Queens, NY.

3.  Henry B Douglass the sword owner is one of the sons of Samuel Douglass of Newtonards.  The family left Northern Ireland in 1850 and based on birth-dates of the children it is likely Samuel perished due to famine/cholera  along with many others shortly before 1850 and is buried in unmarked part of the only local cemetery.


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